Nick Knowles’ DIY SOS is back as BBC confirms list of new ‘life-affirming’ episodes
Nick Knowles is back on DIY SOS: The Big Build in his helmet and tapped boots as his enforced one-episode absence is put behind him for another extended run of shows. The home renovation program is back on BBC One schedules for its 32nd series from 8pm on Tuesday May 10.
For over 20 years, in a variety of formats, viewers have watched Nick, 59, and his team work with volunteers across the UK to improve the lives of people in need. Whether they were injured in an accident, suffered from illness or other life-changing incidents, the DIY SOS team has been there to rally volunteers to transform their homes.
Projects can see everything from walk-in bathrooms, disabled access, landscaped gardens and room renovations to tight deadlines. And after missing out on the BBC Children in Need special due to his appearance in a Shreddies TV advert, Nick is firmly back as main presenter.
And rallying his fans on Twitter, Nick said: “DIY SOS The Big Build is back! The new series starts on BBC One [on] Tuesday, May 10 at 8 p.m.
Episodes and air dates
- May 10 – Kettering, North Northamptonshire
- May 17 – Corby, North Northamptonshire
- May 24 – Southmead, Bristol
- May 31 – Longframlington, Northumberland
- June 7 – Stoke
- June 14 – Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
There was some initial confusion as when tweeting about the show’s return, the DIY SOS Twitter account had listed a seventh episode, at Scunthorpe. But the BBC has confirmed that the Scunthorpe episode is a repeat.
Nick Knowles said: “I’m so excited that we’re releasing a series of brand new episodes that were filmed before, during and after the pandemic.
“You can expect the usual camaraderie with lots of emotion and laughter. So many people have stepped up to help communities and families in need despite their own challenges and the vendors have been so generous – It’s really been an affirmation of life.
“DIY SOS has always been about helping each other, which for me was also the story of confinement, so it’s a celebration of people’s courage and generosity. We live in an extremely generous society and it’s good to remember it among all the bad news we have all had to endure.
Over the past 23 years, over 200 episodes have been broadcast and over 20,000 volunteers have given their time, achieving over £18million in builds. During this period, the build series has completed a range of residential and community projects in places such as Cornwall, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, to name a few. -ones.
BBC synopsis of the Kettering episode
Midwife Lindsey married former royal engineer Shaun in 2019. Lindsey had two children from a previous marriage and later had two boys with Shaun. In the summer of 2021, they began expanding their home, with a local builder working with them to put in the foundation, walls and roof, and to get the extension up to the first repair. The plan was for Shaun to complete the build himself.
Several months into construction, Shaun fell ill. Initially, he underwent kidney and bowel surgery, but within months he was stricken with aggressive cancer and tragically passed away in November 2021. Lindsey and her four are devastated, and their grief is compounded by the fact that their home is currently uninhabitable.
But help is at hand as the DIY SOS team, along with designer Gabrielle Blackman and hundreds of local shopkeepers, volunteers and some of Shaun’s old Army pals, step in to finish the job and bring back this lovely family at home.
The team will also complete a build for Jordan, a remarkable teenager with cerebral palsy and epilepsy who has raised huge amounts of money for charity. The series also includes two community builds in Southmead and Stoke which will serve hundreds of people of all age groups for years to come.
DIY SOS: The Big Build starts on the BBC on Tuesday 10 May and will be available on iPlayer after broadcast